Whether you are smoking a spliff or a pure, 100% cannabis joint it may not be the best thing in the world to smoke marijuana with the flu.
The flu is an infectious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses. It infects the nose, throat, and lungs, and can cause mild to severe illness. At times it can even lead to death. Approximately 5%-20% of the U.S. population will get the flu and the number of people that are hospitalized, due to complications, is from 3000-49,000.
What is the Flu?
According to WebMD, the flu is an extremely contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza A or B. It appears mainly in the winter and spreads through the upper and/or lower respiratory tract.
The symptoms associated with the flu tend to be coughing, headaches and chest discomfort. With the flu, you’re likely to run a high fever for a couple of days and feel extremely tired and achy. The flu is a viral disease, and therefore the best treatment is rest and plenty of fluids. Antibiotics won’t help treat the flu as antibiotics treat bacterial infections and not viral infections.
The flu virus is highly contagious and is transferred from person to person through respiratory secretions. It tends to jump from person to person infecting those who are in close contact with one another.
While anyone can get the flu, it is more common in elderly people and infants. People who suffer from chronic ailments such as heart diseases, lung disease, and diabetes are prone to getting the flu much more than healthy people.
Cannabis and the Flu
Smoking cannabis when you’ve got the flu isn’t the best combination as it can irritate your throat and lungs further, causing inflammation, BUT that doesn’t necessarily mean that marijuana consumption is not an effective treatment for fighting off the flu.
Recent research has found that Flavonoids, substances found in plants and fruits, exhibit significant activity against flu through their anti-inflammatory and antiviral properties. Flavonoids are important antioxidants with anti-inflammatory and immune system benefits.
Similar to all plants, cannabis also contains flavonoids which are an excellent anti-inflammatory group of phytonutrients. This means that by consuming marijuana when you are sick with the flu, you are helping to fix your bodies imbalance -elements that your body is lacking in the important flavonoid department.
5 Tips on How to Use Cannabis When You’re Sick With the Flu
#1 Eat It
The problem isn’t the cannabis, but the way patients are consuming it. As we mentioned above, smoking weed with the flu will irritate your throat and lungs. To avoid this, you can ingest it. By ingesting cannabis, you are going to get all the advantages of CBD and THC without the negative smoking side-effects.
#2 Drink it
There is nothing like a soothing hot cup of herbal tea to get rid of the flu. Marijuana infused tea has become extremely popular as it allows you to take advantage of all the benefits of the herb in a non-conventional smoking way. By combining marijuana and the flu you’ll also sleep and feel better.
#3 Cannabis Oil
Cannabis oil or Tinctures are another popular way of consuming cannabis, and they won’t irritate anything. Tinctures are liquid extracts of plants or herbal materials, explicitly intended for oral use. Using them is very simple. Shake the bottle well before use. Squeeze the dropper to fill the pipette with oil and place under your tongue. It’s best to allow the oil to absorb before you swallow. It’s as easy as that.
The carcinogens in the smoke will cause more damage than its worth, and therefore it is important to find a good alternative. Invest in a high-quality vaporizer that will remove the carcinogens allowing you to benefit from the weed without the nasty outcome.
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#5 Steam It
This is a trick we heard from one of our followers. Instead of ingesting it or using a pipette, you place cannabis oil in a steamer or a hot bowl of water and then inhale the steam that is created from the heat. Not sure if it’s really effective, but it’s sure worth a try.
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